Norman Klein

Her Nautilus Shell, by Norman Klein
She loves tracing
the spiral swirl of
the nautilus shell
back to the pin
of its beginning,

knowing her
grandmother gave
it to her, the quiet
girl, to think on
and into,

knowing there is
no snail, only the
mother of pearl,
and perfect

the curled chambers
hold no music or tale
and its beauty lies
in its beauty.